The location and growth of business and professional services in American metropolitan areas, 1976-1986

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Abstract

The economic base of American metropolitan areas relies increasingly on business and professional services. We explore the causes for fast growth of these sectors in metropolitan areas for 1976-86. We emphasize localization of business and professional services in selected metropolitan areas driven by the demand for skilled labor and information. Using employment data for SMSAs, we present empirical evidence verifying the concentration of business and professional services in the largest metropolitan areas and a temporal lag in their market penetration of smaller metropolitan areas. We introduce a new measure called a growth quotient to show that these services are growing rapidly in selected regional metropolitan areas. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnals - Association of American Geographers
Pages254-270
Number of pages17
Volume81
Edition2
StatePublished - 1991

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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    O'Huallachain, B., & Reid, N. (1991). The location and growth of business and professional services in American metropolitan areas, 1976-1986. In Annals - Association of American Geographers (2 ed., Vol. 81, pp. 254-270)